Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Watch the Custom Transformation of a Notebook

Ever wonder what options you have for some customized products at TheAspenStand?

Well, here's a quick lesson on a notebook that can be customized in a variety of way. 

The cute photograph you see on the outside (front and back) is just one option you can change. There are numerous changes that you can choose from on the inside and with the binding color. 

Here are a few details about the 8.5" spiral bound square notebook. It has 60 interior sheet which offers a total of 120 pages. It offers you a choice of eight interior designs. 

This kitten photograph on the front and back can be replaced with your favorite photos. Use the same for front and back or different ones. You can also leave the covers as you see it.

The template text name you see on the image below can be changed or totally removed. 

Below you'll see examples of the template text, interior style, and binding color. 

Head to this cute notebook link when you are done here and play around with the template text, binding colors and interior styles to see how easy it is to make a custom gift.

I appreciate your feedback so before you go, leave a comment about the post and let me know if it was helpful. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Looking for Color Options is Easy with Bubbles

If you have ever seen a design on a product and wished the text or background was a different color, I'm going to let you in on a little color information as it relates to Zazzle designs. 

You may look at a product and wonder what that particular item would look like in green text or a blue background. Or you might consider adding your custom information if it was in red or orange. 

Well if you've been surfing through designs on Zazzle you may have ignored the colored dots to the right of the product image. If you did, allow me to show you what those are. 

I selected the children's coloring birthday party invitations below in my Papr Emporium store to show you. 
You might see the color bubbles as solid or as two colors shown below. The top row of Design Theme colors are what you'll see with the coloring birthday party invitation. The bottom row of solid bubbles is from a group of class reunion save the date products I have in the store. 
Not all products may be suited in a variety of colors or simply may not have been made with the color option in mind. 
The two images below show the bubbles for the background and specific text colors on this coloring theme invitation. You see the half white and half pink and half yellow and half black in this case on the birthday designs.

If you are familiar with technology, you know everything doesn't always work as expected. 
Now you know what those color bubbles are to the right of product images so keep an eye out and see how other colors look on those particular products. 

I would love to read your feedback so leave a comment. If you have any questions please ask especially if it has to do with a new color option on a product. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

4 Observations During The Pandemic Stay At Home Scenario

Have you taken time to consider all you've accomplished during the "Stay Home" situation? 

Are there things that we've done during the COVID-19 pandemic that we should consider doing more often in the future? Consider how some of our non-activity that has helped the environment, more family time spent doing things together and it may have shown some of us what new things we are good.

As a solopreneur, I noticed a pattern to what people were checking and purchasing during that time on Zazzle and in my sister stores TheAspenStand and PaPr Emporium

Family time brought together families to play board games, start gardens, spring cleaning, keep up with school work and jigsaw puzzles. I posed a story question on my Instagram account (@patriciaazphillips) about when was the last time before this lockdown that families sat to do games and puzzles. One follower said it's a family tradition to work on one at Christmas. 

A lot of families seemed to be enjoying it since puzzles became popular on Zazzle. One of my most popular designs is this chocolate Labrador with template text. It is available in a variety of sizes. If you are a dog lover, you might like checking out my Dogs category with a variety of dogs on a variety of products. 

Chocolate Lab Portrait California Poppies Template Jigsaw Puzzle

People found ways to let others know besides technical means that they were thinking about them. Greeting cards were searched more. My recent post on personalizing cards, 3 Simple Steps to Completely Personalize A Greeting Card, offered ideas on some of my most recently added greeting card designs like this adorable Alaskan Malamute who is featured on a multitude of products as a puppy and an adult. 

Funny Thinking Of You Alaskan Malamute Dog Photo Card

And businesses that remained open got busy trying to do their part in helping others. Zazzle was not different. It found a way to make cloth face masks and within no time thousands of designers were adding their favorite work to the new product. Here is my current most popular design. 

White Seahorse Skeleton Pattern Over Sea Green Cloth Face Mask

This mask is available with the background colors shown here.
Fabric was one product that I hadn't considered would be of big interest because I haven't designed a lot for it. Considering that many people are sewing cloth masks for themselves and masks to share it makes sense that a variety of fabric ideas like this southwestern designed cactus pattern were viewed. 

What one positive observation stands out in your mind of the time you have had to "Stay Home" during the pandemic?